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Poster: HektorT Date: Apr 9, 2010 6:10am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Is this public domain?


My primary source of information on copyright law is the book "The Public Domain", by Attorney Stephen Fishman, I also rely on information my own legal counsel has given me in the past.

Otherwise, if you look at the link I posted yesterday:

In the questionnaire on determining the PD status of a work you will find:

Was the work registered in the name of the true owner?

- No

+ Prior to 1978, accurate registration was required to secure a copyright after publication. Furthermore, filing was required to be prompt.
After 1978, timeliness was not required. From March 1989, registration is optional.

Also this page gives an excellent summary:

Additionally I've been consulting that online CCE for quite some time that you are using to post copyright information for the 1970s. I am more or less convinced that the search function not fully functional. Maybe it depends on which of their formats, text, image, or pdf you are searching. Because these are scanned images and if a character was not correctly reproduced you can't find the listing. So if a film is in there it is copyrighted, but if it's not, unless you want to look at every page, and every page is there (and they state that every page is not there), I am not confident enough to post results from that as a resource for others to rely on.

In any event the copyright law is quite complex and the law has changed many times. The link you post as a reference refers to the process of securing a copyright today. It is not a document suitable for determining the copyright law for works that were created pre-1978.

This post was modified by HektorT on 2010-04-09 13:10:41